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    Re: Favorite mandolin playing beverage?

    For me it's mostly:

    While working - coffee / water
    At a jam - gin and tonic with lime in a tall glass or a beer (usually Bodhizafa or Manny's from Georgetown Brewing)
    When playing a show -...
  2. Old Home Place - Song breakdown and sheet music

    Hey all

    I figured I'd stick with the jam classics for the song breakdown this week so I focused on Old Home Place. One of the first bluegrass tunes I learned (thanks to Dan Sankey) and still a...
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    Re: Playing a triplet over 2 quarter notes.

    Quarter Note triplets are weird and can be difficult because the counting is strange. Here's a good video that explains it pretty well IMO

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ7IQSInRGI
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    South State 48 2022

    Anyone heading to the South State 48 November 3 6, 2022 (https://californiabluegrass.org/south-state-48/bands/)?

    It was a blast last year and I'm really excited to head back again! The room...
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    Re: Guide Fingers - Mandolin Techniques

    Hey Sue

    Glad this is helping!

    To add a bit to what your instructor was saying, I use fretboard maps a lot (I have a post on those here https://mattcbruno.com/fretboard-maps/). Writing out a...
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    Re: Guide Fingers - Mandolin Techniques

    Thanks for the heads up. I'm not sure what happened there, but should be updated now!
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    Guide Fingers - Mandolin Techniques

    Hey all, I posted a lesson on Guide Fingers for chord changes yesterday on my site but was camping so it's a bit late haha ;)

    The lesson is perfect for beginners having some trouble changing...
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    Re: Playing a triplet over 2 quarter notes.

    I've always used trip-ple-et for these haha. Same idea.

    There's also stuff like this https://assets.classicfm.com/2018/14/music-notes-rhythm-guide-1523624520.jpg. I've used some of these with...
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    Re: Luither in Seattle Area

    Thanks - I know Dusty Strings has changed their policy to only repair instruments they sold or instruments you plan on selling through them.

    I've reached out to Gary Wanger who was highly...
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    Rocky Top - Song Breakdown and Sheet Music

    Hey all

    I just added a new song breakdown for Rocky Top. The post includes 2 voicings for the main melody, 2 harmony ideas, and 1 double stop voicing along with a few chord voicing options. ...
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    Luither in Seattle Area

    Anyone know a good luither in Seattle? I don't need my mandolin's worked on right now but of course they will at some point. The immediate need is for my Martin guitar some love and a violin I...
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    Re: Buying directly from a luthier

    +1 on the warranty details in writing. Specifically what issues are grounds for free repair or return / refund and what's the timeline. Last time two mandolins I bought from a small shop were both...
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    Re: favorite festival tent?

    I forgot - One thing I saw a while back which is a great idea was someone using kids foam floor tiles for the bottom inside of their tent. A little overkill if you're only there for a weekend - but...
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    Re: favorite festival tent?

    The best tent depends on where the festivals are. When I was in San Diego, my old Coleman 4 man tent was fine - even with a couple of holes - because it didn't ever rain during festival season. ...
  15. Re: Mandolin Technique: Strumming Patterns (Boom Chuck etc)

    Oops!! Haha - thanks for pointing that out. I updated it. Should have the right video now.

    Wanna guess next week's topic haha ;)
  16. Mandolin Technique: Strumming Patterns (Boom Chuck etc)

    Hey all - I just posted today's Mandolin Technique Monday focusing on some basic strumming patterns - starting with basic 1/4 note strums moving up to the "Boom Chuck" and "Just Chuck" patterns.
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    Re: Question about pinky use...

    Funny, I just had this conversation with a student with respects to Big Sciota. IMO, which finger to use always requires the context of what is coming before / after. There's lots of reasons to...
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    Re: Herschel Sizemore passes

    I just had a gig last weekend (second since I moved to Seattle!!) and had to learn Rebecca song for the show which has been a song that fell into the "songs I should know but don't" category for too...
  19. Re: question on Getting Into Jazz Mandolin exercises

    +1 on the interval training.

    I like to double interval training and right hand exercises often. One exercise I do a lot is play the 2nd fret of some string, then play the 3rd, then back to the...
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    Song Breakdown: I Saw the Light

    Hey all,

    I had a few students that were starting with this song so I figured I'd put together a breakdown for it. This song is a great one to help build up your bag of tricks while practicing the...
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    Re: Old New Guy -Any second day tips?

    If you're not used to playing stringed instruments - you'll likely have build some callouses up which can be a bit painful at first. The more you play, the faster you'll build callouses - so play...
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    Re: Mandolin Chord Series: Enharmonic Chords

    I liked the idea of adding "close chords" where you move one note to create a new chord - so I updated the post to include some examples :)
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    Re: Mandolin Chord Series: Enharmonic Chords

    Yup! Plus, it's so close to so many other chords.
    + If you move the D back a fret to C#, you get C#7
    + If you move the D up a fret to D#, you get C#9
    + If you move the B up a fret, you get...
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    Mandolin Chord Series: Enharmonic Chords

    Hey all,

    Today I felt like diving in to more chord theory than shapes. The idea for this post is to show how useful specific chord shapes can be - like how a G7 chord voiced 435x could be B...
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    Re: Illustrated Mandolin Chord Bible

    Great stuff Mark! I like the layout and the additional notes (like note function, standard notation etc). One thing I found a little confusing at first was the strings being named at the bottom...
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